Stade de France - Saint-Denis 19/11/2013 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time)

Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg

France - Ukraine
3-0
Aggregate: 3-2
 

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France back from the brink against Ukraine

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 23.25CET
France 3-0 Ukraine (agg: 3-2)
Les Bleus recovered from Friday's first-leg defeat in Kyiv to make it to their ninth successive major international tournament.
by Christian Châtelet
France back from the brink against Ukraine
France celebrate after coming back from the brink against Ukraine ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

France
Ukraine

3

Goals scored

0

22

Total attempts

5

9

Attempts on target

2

11

off target

2

6

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

7

5

Offsides

0

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

1

22

Fouls committed

22

20

Fouls suffered

19

Standings

  
Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 23.25CET

France back from the brink against Ukraine

France 3-0 Ukraine (agg: 3-2)
Les Bleus recovered from Friday's first-leg defeat in Kyiv to make it to their ninth successive major international tournament.

France became the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a FIFA World Cup play-off, denying Ukraine a place in Brazil in the process.

France will appear at their ninth successive major tournament next summer after two goals from Mamadou Sakho and one from Karim Benzema completed a memorable comeback in Paris. Yehven Khacheridi's dismissal reduced the visitors to ten men soon after half-time.

With Didier Deschamps making five changes from the side that lost 2-0 in Kyiv on Friday, Les Bleus hit the ground running, and Paul Pogba rose to flash a header just over Andriy Pyatov's goal from Mathieu Valbuena's corner. On 22 minutes, the Ukraine defence failed to deal with a Valbuena free-kick, and while Pyatov palmed away Franck Ribéry's shot from the edge of the box, Liverpool FC centre-back Sakho was on hand to score his first international goal from the rebound.

That ended a run of eight clean sheets for Mikhail Fomenko's team, and though Ukraine threatened on the break, France kept pushing upfield, with Pyatov forced to save from Valbuena and Benzema having a goal disallowed. However, the Real Madrid CF man was not to be denied on 34 minutes, registering after Valbuena chested the ball in his direction.

Mathieu Debuchy blocked a powerful Andriy Yarmolenko attempt on the line with half-time approaching, yet it was not a portent of better things to come for Ukraine, with Khacheridi sent off two minutes after the restart for a second bookable offence, a foul on Ribéry. The pressure built and built thereafter until Sakho turned in Ribéry's cross to win the tie.

Last updated: 08/05/14 1.44CET

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